Another chance to join host Rich Conaty on the special occasion of the1000th episode of his long-running Sunday night radio show; "The Big Broadcast"!
The Big Broadcastwas heard during most of its 43-year run overFordham University's FM radio station WFUV in New York.
Conaty moved The Big Broadcastand his Saturday program, The Big Bandstand, from WFUV to WQEW in December 1992. By the late 1990s it was evident that WQEW would also abandon the format, and in 1998 that station became Radio Disney. In July 1997, Conaty brought his shows back to WFUV where The Big Bandstand would become "Swingtime" and the Saturday night show would continue until around 2000, while The Big Broadcast ran until Conaty died of lymphoma on December 30, 2016 at the age of 62 in Catskill, New York.
Because he started his show at a young age, Conaty had the chance to meet or interview more than a few artists from the 1910-1939 period - some became his close friends. These people included Annette Hanshaw, Bob Effros, Edward Eliscu, Ben Selvin, Vet Boswell, Dolly Dawn, Cab Calloway, Connee Boswell, Arthur Tracy, Bill Challis, and Mitchell Parish. Conaty also knew radio personalities Joe Franklin, Floyd Vivino, Danny Stiles, and Phil Schaap.
For the 1000th episode of The Big Broadcast, a special "live" remote broadcast transmission took place from the (now closed) New York Nightclub, The Red Blazer Too 32 W 37th St, New York, NY 10018.
Some of the special guests on hand that night were:
Edward Eliscu (April 02, 1902 – June 18, 1998), a lyricist, playwright, producer and actor, and a successful writer of songs for films.
Mitchell Parish (July 10, 1900 – March 31, 1993) an American lyricist.
Arthur Tracy (June 25, 1899 – October 05, 1997) The vocalist and actor, billed internationally as The Street Singer.
Dolly Dawn (February 03, 1916–December 11, 2002) American singer and bandleader of the swing era, was considered "the Champagne" of radio and Big Band Singers was even called an influence by Ella Fitzgerald.
Rich Conaty was also a longtime friend of grammy award winning Vince Giordano, andConatyplayed an important role in the founding of Giordano's band, the Nighthawks. Conaty was originally the band's frontman, and Conaty and Giordano were for a time partners in the band. On this occasion, the Nighthawks (led by Vince) perform seldom heard medleys of LeRoy Shield's Laurel & Hardy/Our Gang movie music as well as jazz and pop standards of the 1920's & 30's.
The show has been transferred & restored from three cassette tape sources utilizing the best quality audio from these "of the air" private recordings. Vintage records were played from the WFUV studio during the live transmission & while bits of them were missing as a result of the recording tapes running out, I have patched in the overlapping material with new transfers of the original vintage recordings.
--and Don't You Never Forget; "Rhythm Saved The World"!